AMD Radeon HD 8870M vs AMD Radeon HD 8830M

AMD Radeon HD 8870M

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The AMD Radeon HD 8870M is a 28nm DirectX 11 graphics card based on the GCN (Graphics Core Next) architecture. Built primarily for large laptops, the card is positioned in the performance category as of 2013. Compared to the similar Radeon HD 7870M, the 8870M offers higher memory clock speeds at the cost of a slightly slower core clock.

The design of the Radeon 8800M series has its roots to the Cape Verde chip as found, for example, on the desktop Radeon HD 7770 with 640 1D shader cores and 40 texture units. The core clock of the 8870M, however, is only 725 MHz (or up to 775 MHz with Boost) versus the 1000 MHz of the HD 7770.  

As a result, general performance of the HD 8870M is somewhere between the 7750 and 7770 desktop Radeon cards and similar to the GeForce GTX 670M. Most games of 2013 can be played fluently in high detail settings and resolutions, some older titels even with additional AA/AF.

The 640 shader cores can be used with OpenCL 1.2 for general-purpose calculations (as 10 compute units).

Features of the 8870M include video decoding via UVD3 for decoding MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2, and Flash directly from the AMD GPU. Multi-View Codec (MVC) and MPEG-4 part 2 (DivX, xVid) HD videos are now compatible as well.

The Radeon 8800M series also supports automatic graphics switching between the integrated GPU and discrete GPU. Called Enduro. The technology supersedes AMD's Dynamic Switchable Graphics and is similar to Nvidia's Optimus. Furthermore, the 8870M can directly support up to 6 connected monitors using Eyefinity Technology if Enduro is disabled.

Other features of the 8800M series include ZeroCore for reducing power consumption when the display is turned off and Power Gating to power down areas of the chip that are not used. PowerTune allows automatic overclocking and underclocking of the graphics card as long as the GPU is within its TDP limit. For example, the chip may be underclocked when running FurMark and OCCT, but will overclock in certain games like Lost Planet, Crysis or Resident Evil 5.

The integrated HD audio processor is able to transmit HD Audio (TrueHD or DTS Master Audio) over HDMI and DisplayPort (e.g., for Blu-Ray videos). Additionally, it now allows audio to output simultaneously and in parallel to multiple devices with the new Discrete Digital Multipoint Audio (DDMA) feature.

Power consumption of the 8870M should be around 50 W. Therefore, the 8870M is only suited for larger laptops and DTRs.

AMD Radeon HD 8830M

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The AMD Radeon HD 8830M is a 28nm DirectX 11 graphics card based on the GCN (Graphics Core Next) architecture. Built primarily for medium-sized laptops, the card is positioned in the lower performance category as of 2013. Compared to the similar Radeon HD 7850M, the 8830M offers slightly reduced clock speeds and significantly slower DDR3 memory.

The design of the Radeon 8800M series has its roots to the Cape Verde chip as found, for example, on the desktop Radeon HD 7770 with 640 1D shader cores and 40 texture units. However, the core clock of the 8830M is only 575 MHz (Boost up to 625 MHz) versus the 1000 MHz of the HD 7770.

As a result of the low clock rate and the DDR3 memory, the 8830M is the slowest model of the 8800M series and competes with the GeForce GT 645M. Current and demanding games like Far Cry 3 should run fluently in medium resolutions and detail settings.

The 640 shaders can be used with OpenCL 1.2 for general-purpose calculations.

Features of the 8830M include video decoding via UVD3 for decoding MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2, and Flash directly from the AMD GPU. Multi-View Codec (MVC) and MPEG-4 part 2 (DivX, xVid) HD videos are now compatible as well.

The 8800M series also supports automatic graphics switching between the integrated GPU and discrete GPU. Called Enduro, the technology supersedes AMD's Dynamic Switchable Graphics and is similar to Nvidia's Optimus. Furthermore, the 8830M can directly support up to 6 connected monitors using Eyefinity Technology if Enduro is disabled.

Other features of the 8800M series include ZeroCore for reducing power consumption when the display is turned off and Power Gating to power down areas of the chip that are not used. PowerTune allows automatic overclocking and underclocking of the graphics card as long as the GPU is within its TDP limit. For example, the chip may be underclocked when running FurMark and OCCT, but will overclock in certain games like Lost Planet, Crysis or Resident Evil 5.

The integrated HD audio processor is able to transmit HD Audio (TrueHD or DTS Master Audio) over HDMI and DisplayPort (e.g., for Blu-Ray videos). Additionally, it now allows audio to output simultaneously and in parallel to multiple devices with the new Discrete Digital Multipoint Audio (DDMA) feature.

Power consumption of the 8830M should be suited for laptops 15-inch or greater.

AMD Radeon HD 8870MAMD Radeon HD 8830M
ManufacturerAMDAMD
Radeon HD 8800M Series
Radeon HD 8870M 640 @ 0.73 GHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
Radeon HD 8850M compare 640 @ 0.58 - 0.73 GHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
Radeon HD 8830M 640 @ 0.58 GHz128 Bit @ 2000 MHz
Radeon HD 8870M 640 @ 0.73 GHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
Radeon HD 8850M compare 640 @ 0.58 - 0.73 GHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
Radeon HD 8830M 640 @ 0.58 GHz128 Bit @ 2000 MHz
ArchitectureGCNGCN
Cores640 - unified640 - unified
Core725 MHz575 MHz
Memory4500 MHz2000 MHz
Bus128 Bit128 Bit
MemoryGDDR5, DDR3DDR3
Max. Memory2048 MB2048 MB
Shared Memorynono
DirectXDirectX 11.1, 5.1DirectX 11.1, 5.1
Transistors1500 Million1500 Million
Technology28 nm28 nm
FeaturesOpenCL 1.2OpenCL 1.2
Size2/31/3
Introduced18.12.2012 18.12.2012

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy
7.4 pt (8%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Score
min: 6393     avg: 10115     median: 11331.5 (15%)     max: 11402 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Graphics
min: 13705     avg: 15272     median: 15738.5 (8%)     max: 15905 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Score
min: 1906     avg: 2081     median: 2091 (6%)     max: 2235 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Graphics
min: 2127     avg: 2203     median: 2168.5 (5%)     max: 2346 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Graphics
min: 42775     avg: 56394     median: 57618 (8%)     max: 67563 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Score
min: 2842     avg: 3202     median: 3292 (8%)     max: 3311 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
min: 2746     avg: 2941     median: 2986 (5%)     max: 2996 Points
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total + AMD Radeon HD 8870M
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + AMD Radeon HD 8870M
3DMark 05 - 3DMark 05 - Standard
18829 Points (27%)
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon HD 8870M
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - Unigine Heaven 3.0 DX 11
min: 25.4     avg: 26     median: 25.9 (9%)     max: 26.7 fps
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - Unigine Heaven 3.0 OpenGL
19.4 fps (9%)
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - Heaven 2.1 high
min: 36.4     avg: 37     median: 37 (7%)     max: 37.6 fps
SPECviewperf 11
specvp11 snx-01 + AMD Radeon HD 8870M
specvp11 tcvis-02 + AMD Radeon HD 8870M
specvp11 sw-02 + AMD Radeon HD 8870M
specvp11 proe-05 + AMD Radeon HD 8870M
specvp11 maya-03 + AMD Radeon HD 8870M
specvp11 lightwave-01 + AMD Radeon HD 8870M
specvp11 ensight-04 + AMD Radeon HD 8870M
specvp11 catia-03 + AMD Radeon HD 8870M
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + AMD Radeon HD 8870M
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + AMD Radeon HD 8870M
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Room GPU
371 Samples/s (4%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Sala GPU
629 Samples/s (4%)

Average Benchmarks AMD Radeon HD 8870M → NAN% n=

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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
25.3  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
23.6  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
19.1  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
10.7  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
27.3  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
26.9  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
25.6  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
19.9  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
31.1  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
24.6  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
19.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
11.6  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
46.7  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
39.1  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
35.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
15.1  fps
Fifa 14

Fifa 14

2013
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
202.4  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
150.6  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
136.5  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
116.8  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
96.5  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
78.2  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
40  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
32.8  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
19.7  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
60.8  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
30  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
15.7  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
46.4  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
31.6  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
15  fps
Dota 2

Dota 2

2013
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
69.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
53.4  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
37.4  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
33.6  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
23.1  fps
GRID 2

GRID 2

2013
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
63  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
58.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
26.7  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
53.4  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
47.4  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
30.1  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
70.3  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
55.7  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
51.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
19.3  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
194  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
85.2 92.5 ~ 89 fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
68.5 75.1 ~ 72 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
25.9 26.2 ~ 26 fps
SimCity

SimCity

2013
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
83.3  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
47.8  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
37.5  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
20.3  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
110.8 123.3 ~ 117 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
69.8 80.4 84 ~ 78 fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
42.2 55.3 58.4 ~ 52 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
21.2 25.5 26.7 ~ 24 fps
Crysis 3

Crysis 3

2013
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
53.6 58.8 ~ 56 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
32.6 39.2 ~ 36 fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
22.4 26.5 ~ 24 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
9.4 10.8 ~ 10 fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
174.4  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
97.3  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
75.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
46.2  fps
Far Cry 3

Far Cry 3

2012
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
54.8  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
48.4  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
26.8  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
11  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
22.4  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
21.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
13.4  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
31.1  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
27.4  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
22.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
13  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
99.5  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
86.9  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
53.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
36.4  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
48.9 55.9 ~ 52 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
42.1 47.6 ~ 45 fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
31.9 37.1 ~ 35 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
23.8 26.1 ~ 25 fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
71.8 78.3 ~ 75 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
55.4 63.1 ~ 59 fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
47.4 49.9 ~ 49 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
18.1 20.1 ~ 19 fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
85.5  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
81.1  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
79.1  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
51.8  fps
Fifa 13

Fifa 13

2012
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
243.7 266.4 ~ 255 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
186.2 191.7 ~ 189 fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
166 169.8 ~ 168 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
131.2 134.7 ~ 133 fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
72.3  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
61.1  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
48.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
31.5  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
65.4  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
28.5  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
16.4  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
183.2  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
138.4  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
116.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
87.2  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
92.1  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
54.3  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
50 60.6 ~ 55 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
34.5 45.5 ~ 40 fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
28.8 31.8 ~ 30 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
12.1 12.2 ~ 12 fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
50.8  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
25.1  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
45.3  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
31.2  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
28.5  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
25.1  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
67.9 77.9 ~ 73 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
45.8 48.6 ~ 47 fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
35.7 39.1 ~ 37 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
24.4 24.6 ~ 25 fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
132.9  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
96.2  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
85.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
54.2  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
60  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
55.7  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
40.6  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
20.5  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
59.7 60 ~ 60 fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
59.7 60 ~ 60 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
47.8 49.4 ~ 49 fps
Alan Wake

Alan Wake

2012
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
69.5 70.9 ~ 70 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
46.4 48.6 ~ 48 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
22.4 23.1 ~ 23 fps
Anno 2070

Anno 2070

2011
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
97.3  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
67.6  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
47.5  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
24.6  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
74.9  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
61.2 70.8 ~ 66 fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
49.8 54.4 ~ 52 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
31.4 32 ~ 32 fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
135.7  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
95.7  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
78.1  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
51.2  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
49.9 51.5 ~ 51 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
40 41.4 ~ 41 fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
36.2 40.8 ~ 39 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
18.8 19.9 ~ 19 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
97  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
53  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
30  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
94.5  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
40.1  fps
Total War: Shogun 2

Total War: Shogun 2

2011
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
145.8  fps
med. 1280x720
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
55.6  fps
Civilization 5

Civilization 5

2010
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
70.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
31.2  fps
Mafia 2

Mafia 2

2010
low 800x600
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
80.4  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
72.4  fps
high 1360x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
65.1  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
43.1  fps
med. 1360x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
70.5  fps
high 1600x900
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
41.8  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
14.9  fps
Resident Evil 5

Resident Evil 5

2009
high 1360x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
71.5  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
64.5  fps
Crysis - GPU Benchmark

Crysis - GPU Benchmark

2007
high 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
42  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
19.2  fps
Crysis - CPU Benchmark

Crysis - CPU Benchmark

2007
high 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
39  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
17.4  fps
World in Conflict - Benchmark

World in Conflict - Benchmark

2007
low 800x600
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
134  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
58  fps
high 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
48  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
32  fps
World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft

2005
high 1280x1024
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
59.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon HD 8870M:
34.9  fps

Average Gaming AMD Radeon HD 8870M → 100%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 100%

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Redaktion, 2017-09- 8 (Update: 2017-09-11)